The way in which the Incubator works is extremely outdated. It is
considerably more difficult to write there than to write in a usual
Wikipedia domain. This is unfair, and there is no good reason for it. Some
time ago I wrote a proposal for a thorough overhaul of how the Incubator
Very briefly, my proposal is:
* Instead of putting all the languages in one place, create a wiki for each
* This wiki will not be a full-fledged domain that is fully equal to
Wikipedia. The URL will look differently, and it will be possible to delete
it easily if the wiki turns out to be problematic for any reason.
* However, this wiki will support all the usual functionality of a wiki:
user accounts shared with Wikipeia in other languages, Wikidata
connectivity, extensions, templates, Visual Editor, Content Translation,
* The wiki will not demand the convoluted techniques that the Incubator
demands, such as "Wp/abc/" prefixes.
* If the wiki functions well and the Langcom approves it, it will be
converted to a full-fledged domain.
* (This applies to all Incubator projects and not only Wikipedia.)
For more details, see:
The proposal is over a year old, but it didn't get a lot of responses from
Language Committee members. I think that the time is ripe for starting to
execute it, but to convince the right engineers and managers to do it, it
would be nice to get some endorsements first.
If you support it, please leave a comment there. (If you don't know how to
leave a comment in Phabricator, please contact me.)
If you have any reservations, please leave a comment there as well, or
reply to this email.
Getting a unanimous endorsement email from all the Langcom members, or at
least the active ones, will be particularly nice, but only if everybody
actually agrees, of course :)
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore